Following the great success of Richard Mille AlUla Desert Polo Tournament in 2020, Bentley Saudi Arabia will once again sponsor the event to be held on Feb. 10 in AlUla. Known for its historical and cultural value, AlUla is one of the top cultural and entertainment destinations in Saudi Arabia.
The desert polo tournament is a unique event organized in partnership with the Saudi Polo Federation. The event will take place in a breathtaking area where a new chapter of Saudi history will be in the making thanks to horsemanship and the prestigious sport.
The tournament will take place in stunning settings of sandy dunes, home to many generations of Arab tribes who are known for their skills of horse taming to make their trade trips possible amidst the engraved sandstones of the region. The tournament will not only foster this longstanding relationship between men and horseback riding but will also serve as an opportunity for promoting the cultural heritage of AlUla and shedding light on its sporting future.
Peter Smith, general manager of Bentley Saudi Arabia, said: “Bentley’s sponsorship of the Richard Mille Desert Polo Tournament is part of our strategy to support and be present in luxury sports as Bentley Motors has a rich history in supporting such hobbies. The brand has been participating in polo, the traditional field sport globally. It also partook in other opulent sports in the Kingdom such as the Formula 1 Grand Prix and international golf tournaments. Additionally, in partnership with Bentley Golf, it offers a collection of handcrafted, state of the art, bespoke golf equipment on its website for golf enthusiasts.”
The Royal Commission for AlUla announced the organization of the Richard Mille AlUla Desert Polo Tournament in its second season. Held from Feb. 10-12 in AlUla in cooperation with the Saudi Polo Federation, this event is the only prestigious polo tournament in the world to be staged in a desert environment. It will hold the competition among four teams competing in a specially built arena staged close to Hegra, the first heritage site in Saudi Arabia to be listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Participants in this year’s version of the tournament include some of the world’s leading polo players, including four of the world-famous La Dolfina Saudi Polo Team from Argentina, including Adolfo Cambiaso, the best polo player of all time who has also been named as one of AlUla campaigners.
The 10-handicappers, Pelon Stirling and Pablo Mac Donough, alongside young Saudi talents, will also take part in the tournament.
As one of the high-end events of the annual Winter at Tantora Festival, this unique tournament embodies a new concept of the sport of polo by placing the viewer at the heart of the event in a historic location, where heritage and culture converge.